Frederick G. Terry Jr.

Rank: MAJ

Unit: D Troop, 1-4 CAV, 1 ID

Branch of Service: Army

Service in Vietnam: 1962-1968

Casualty Date: 4 Jul 1968

Location of Casualty: Lai Khe

Location on Wall: W53, Line 14

Frederick Garside Terry Jr was born on June 3, 1937 at West Point, New York to MAJ Frederick Garside and Emelie (Bennet) Terry. Fred spent his early years of schooling in Providence, Rhode Island and Worcester, Massachusetts before going onto graduate from Culver Military Academy in Indiana. He followed with attending Bradens Academy in Cornwall, New York to prepare for an appointment to West Point. Fred would then follow the example of his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father as he entered the United States Military Academy on July 3, 1956. As a cadet, Fred was a member of both the hockey and lacrosse teams. He then helped to organize and coach the United States Military Academy Scuba Club and the Sky-diving Club. Fred graduated and was commissioned as a second lieutenant, Armor, on June 8, 1960. He then attended basic course at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

On October 15, 1960, Fred married Miss Carol Worden in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. He would attend Ranger and Airborne School before settling in Fort Meade, Maryland and join Troop H, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. Fred was accepted into the First Special Forces Group, and eventually moved his family to Okinawa to serve with the “Green Berets” in Laos (1962) and Vietnam (1963).

Fred continued to expand upon his already impressive military career by joining the Army’s aviation program and graduating from flight school in 1964 as a helicopter pilot. He joined the First Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Fred spent two months there with his wife, Carol, and their two children, Frederick G. Terry III (Rick) and Deborah Lynne, prior to volunteering to return to Vietnam as an armed-helicopter platoon leader of the 114th Aviation Company at Vinh Long.

Fred returned in the Spring of 1966 to Fort Rucker, Alabama. Over the next two years, he would to continue to contribute in various way. In addition to attending the Infantry Career Course at Fort Benning, he also wrote numerous articles for the Infantry Journal and Infantry Magazine, as well as spoke to high school and civic groups. Fred then returned to Vietnam in February of 1968 for his final tour as Executive Office of the Air Cavalry Troop, First Squadron, 4th Cavalry. He would assume command of the unit two months later. Fred would introduce and develop many new techniques for helicopter operations. On July 4, 1968, Fred responded to a Dustoff call to help several United States casualties after a land mine exploded. A second aircraft also responded and a mid-air collision resulted; there were no survivors.

MAJ Frederick Garside Terry Jr.
•Company G-2 – USMA Class of 1960
•Major – D TRP, 1st SQDN, 4th Cavalry, 1st INF DIV, USARV
•Jumpmaster, Rigger, Ranger, Special Forces
•Fourth-Generation West Point Graduate
•Awarded: Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars w/ “V”,
4 Distinguished Flying Crosses w/ “V”, 3 Purple Hearts,
48 Air Medals w/ “V”
•June 3, 1937 – July 4, 1968
•Born: West Point, NY
•Home of Record: Pompton Plains, NJ
•Interment: West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY